I remember when we first moved to the home where we currently live. Every spring, our acre front lawn is covered in this bright yellow…weed? flower? herb?
Ralph Waldo Emerson said:
“A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”
One of my sons, who loves the look of a “perfect lawn”, has always despised the copious amounts of dandelions spread across the lawn. He would align himself with Merriam Webster’s definition of a dandelion as a weed:
“A plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth.”
I, on the other hand, have come to enjoy the cheeriness of this bright yellow flower that covers the expanse, especially after the multitude of grey, dim late winter days that have stretched on for so long.
Since we have never used any type of chemicals on our grass, I have often pondered the question in my mind, “Surely there must be someone who would be interested in harvesting all these organic dandelions?”
Although, I have not set out on a venture to find a buyer for all these prolific flowers that grace our lawn, I have come to find out about how beneficial the dandelion can be – thus classifying it as an herb.
Years ago, I was having what I would term gall bladder pain. There is a bit of a long story here, but the bottom line is that I found out I was very sensitive to erythritol, a sugar substitute I was using, and that was causing the pain. However, in the process of researching how the gall bladder works and natural ways to keep it, and the liver, cleaned out, dandelion tea predominantly came out in the list of recommendations.